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Up to 1 million people are expected to attend Carnival

Up to one million people are expected to attend the Carnival to experience Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

Dancers from Kinetika Bloco take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Thumping basslines, sizzling meat and tooting whistles filled the air as giant floats made their way from Westbourne Park Underground station, up Kensal Road, along Ladbroke Grove and down Westbourne Grove in West London.

One of the first groups to take to the streets was the charity Kinetika Bloco, whose dancers wore pink, green and white costumes while a brass band played songs from The Clash's Rock the Casbah to Daft Punk's Get Lucky.

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Notting Hill Carnival kicks off with explosion of colour

ancers from Kinetika Bloco take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Notting Hill Carnival has kicked off with an explosion of colour and music.

After fears the start of Europe's biggest street festival would be hampered by rain, the skies cleared and the sun shone on performers as they paraded through the streets of west London in bright costumes.

Dancers from Kinetika Bloco take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

London's Summer Wildlife Carnival

A beautiful wildlife garden has officially been opened in east London.

The new garden features a unique Willow Dome structure, minibeast habitats and a wildlife container gardening area.

It is designed to give visitors attractive examples of how to make their own gardens friendlier for different kinds of wildlife, even with limited space. Visitors can also enjoy thriving butterfly, bee and chalk meadows and a dragonfly earth sculpture.

The Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival is taking place at the garden from 10am until 4pm today. It is the culmination of months of hard work by volunteers and community groups at the WaterWorks Nature Reserve to create the garden for everyone to enjoy.

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